The South Facade from a circa 1909 postcard
House & Family History: The House, which contains foundations of a Norman castle, was destroyed by defeated Royalists during the Civil War after the Battle of Naseby. The current house is primarily mid-17th century, with Queen Anne wings.
Collections: When owned by the Cartwright family, Aynhoe contained an outstanding collection of paintings, including works by Murillo, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Hogarth, Romney, and Gainsborough. There were also important collections of European glass and china, furniture and tapestries, rare Chinese monochrome porcelain, and other oriental ceramics. These collections have all been dispersed.
Garden & Outbuildings: Thomas Archer created the Conservatory, Stables, and the Coach House between 1707 and 1711. Sir John Soane altered the Conservatory, 1800-01.
Architect: Edward MarshallDate: Mid-17th century
Architect: Thomas ArcherDate: 1707-11
John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. III. 1820.
Country Life: CXIV, 42, 122, 202, 1953.
Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
Author: Colvin, Howard
Year Published: 1995
Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
Book Type: Softback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Not Listed
Current Seat / Home of: James Perkins; here since 2006.
Past Seat / Home of: John Cartwright, 17th century; Cartwright family here from 1615 until 1954.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
Ownership Details: Formerly a retirement community owned by the Country Houses Association and sold by them circa 2002 during their financial collapse. Today a private home that is selectively let for weddings and corporate events.